The BIG main accomplishment this week was LIME WASHING THE WALLS! I am not your average DIY blogger or designer, but once in a while I like to get my hands dirty and make a design happen, especially if its for my beloved One Room Challenge. I have had a LOT of interest on instagram this week about Lime wash, so I thought I would give you a little bit more information here on my blog this week.
First of all, let’s talk about what Lime wash is… Remodelista said it best “An ancient house staple dating back to Roman times, lime wash is made from limestone that’s been crushed, burned, and mixed with water to make a lime putty. The putty is aged and then thinned with water and colored with natural pigments. Lime wash creates surfaces that are mottled and matte with a chalky texture something like suede. It lends a depth and luminosity to flat walls.” Lime wash is traditionally mixed on site, but some companies are selling Lime wash pre-mixed so its super easy for the end user to apply and use. It is also completely green, ZERO VOC, and has hypoallergenic properties! Once it dries, it has a soft chalky look which looks warm and romantic.
The Lime itself is white, so Limewash generally looks more pronounced on darker colors. It also looks beautiful in an off white, but the Lime itself won’t show up as a contrast to the pigments as much. I selected Mountain Ash from Sydney Harbour Paint Company, they carry a line from Australia called Porter’s Paints.
My painter wasn’t that into this small project, and I wasn’t that into shelling out hundreds of dollars to have a wall painted, so I did a little research to do it myself. The beauty of limewash is in the imperfection, so I knew any little mistake would only enhance the look. Sydney Harbor Paint company’s full color palette is available in their Interno Limewash and I have been dying to use it on a project. I watched a few you tube videos, and then I got to work. If you are interested, here are the main steps below, but I suggest you also look on your paint manufacturer’s website and talk to a professional if you are interested. Even though I feel like an expert, after doing it this one time!